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How To Decorate Cactus Cupcakes

I'll be the first to admit that I am late to the cactus and succulent party.  They have been trending for a while now and I just didn't see the appeal at first.  I'll give you two reasons why.
The first, is I grew up in Las Vegas where it is hot.  And by hot, I mean boiling for most of the year.  It was never my favorite weather.  Cactus plants always remind me of trying to successfully climb out of a hot car in shorts and not have my thighs stick to the seat.
The second reason is my youngest fell into a cactus a few years ago and it was pretty traumatizing.  You can read all about it here.  I did learn how to effectually remove the needles from skin so I guess that was a plus! 
How to make Cactus Cupcakes  |


Instant Pot Easy Mexican Rice

You've probably noticed that lately I've really tried hard to make dinner effortless and sometimes it takes using the right appliances to have that happen.  Late last year, it seemed like every where you looked people were talking about the Instant Pot.  To be honest, it looked totally complicated and scary!  All those buttons and settings looked daunting and I was willing to work harder and longer to get dinner on the table rather than try to figure out, yet another new kitchen gadget.
Instant Pot Mexican Rice is cooked in just 15 minutes and super delicious!  |


Nutella Stuffed Croissant French Toast Bake

Breakfast for dinner is one of my all time favorite things to make.  To me it seems to be a bit more special.  That, and I have a whole lot more time in the evenings to go all out and make all the yummy things!  Bacon, eggs, pancakes, freshly sqeezed juice, smoothies, homemade syrup, name it!

There are two breakfast-y things my boys will request on a frequent basis.  My perfect Buttermilk Pancakes and this Nutella Stuffed Croissant French Toast Bake.  It looks complicated, but your kiddos can totally help and can be made ahead of time if needed! 
Nutella Stuffed Croissant French Toast Bake.  Perfect for breakfast or brunch!  |


Chicken And Vegetable Noodle Bowl In Less Than 30 Minutes

Are you like me and have a pretty busy schedule?  Lately, our family schedule has been in go go go mode and I'm always on the lookout for quick and tasty recipes for dinner.  My Pinterest Boards are full of great recipes, but some aren't always quick and easy.  This Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Bowl is pretty amazing in the flavor department and is on the table in under 30 minutes!  It's a dinner that I know everyone in my family loves.  Just like this Orange Chicken that is a crowd pleaser! 
Chicken And Vegetable Noodle Bowl recipe.  Perfect for a weeknight meal and made in under 30 minutes!  |


One Pan Creamy Garlic Lemon Chicken

One Pan Creamy Garlic Lemon Chicken are what dinner dreams made of!  Okay...that might be a little dramatic, but this dish is pretty perfect.  I'll admit that there is something satisfying about knowing I am only dirtying one pan instead of two or three.  Dishes are just not my favorite part of any meal.  
One Pan Creamy Garlic Lemon Chicken.  Makes for a wonderful weeknight meal with super easy clean up!  |


Peanut Butter Pie: A Perfect No Bake Dessert

Peanut Butter Pie is actually the first dessert I ordered myself as a kid and I remember it tasting divine!  I was a very shy kid and didn't like to talk to people I didn't know.  Whenever we went out to eat, I would tell my mom what I wanted and she would order for me.  As embarrassing as this is to admit, I was probably 14 years old before I could actually be comfortable enough to order my own food.
Now, food is my life and I love talking to anyone and everyone about it!  It's something that seems to bring together family and friends more than anything else. 
Peanut Butter Pie made with a peanut butter cookie crust and topped with chocoalte ganache!  A perfect NO BAKE dessert!  |


My Dream 40th Birthday Party

*There are also more details about the food in THIS post.   

I didn't ever appreciate the phrase "40 is the new 30" until I turned 40 years old this month!  Growing up I truly thought 30 was super old and by the time you turned 40 you were ancient.  I completely grateful to be 100% wrong!
40 actually feels really good.  In a way that I actually truly like who I am for the first time in my life.  Not that I was a complete hater of myself before, but it's sure nice to finally be comfortable with being me.  I (mostly) know what I want out of life and I knew I wanted a beautiful party for this milestone birthday.
For a few years now I've been planning and pinning ideas of what I wanted and my husband made it all come true for me!  I didn't want it to be huge, but I definitely wanted it to be spectacular.  He planned the majority of it with the ideas I gave him and it turned out perfect! 


How To Build A Great Charcuterie Board For Any Party

One of my favorite things to have for lunch or dinner is what's called a ploughman's lunch.  It typically consists of cured meat, cheese, bread or crackers, some sort of spread and veggies or sliced fruit. 
When I turned 35 and knowing that 40 would be coming up soon, I wanted to a full ploughman's lunch spread with my friends for a party.  Well, when you are throwing a party and having everyone coming over for dinner, you call that ploughman's lunch a Charcuterie Board!  It's a bit more fancy and upscale sound, but the exact same ingredients.  You can read all about my 40th birthday party HERE
How To Build A Great Charcuterie Board For Any Party  |